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Nhan đề: The use of non-dominant languages in education in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam: Two steps forward, one step back.
Tác giả: Kosonen, Kimmo
Từ khoá: Education
Thai Lan
Viet Nam
Tùng thư/Số báo cáo: Comparative and International Education;Volume 1, Page 39-58
Tóm tắt: Education systems in multilingual nationshave traditionally ignored non-dominant languages (NDL) in favor of the dominant languages, leading to gross inequalities. Therefore, for speakers of NDLs, multilingual education (MLE) based on their first language (L1) can be highly liberating. Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam are experimenting with the use of NDLs as languagesof instruction. This chapter discusses educationallanguage issues in the region by focusing on: 1) the changing policy environment in Southeast Asia, 2) new Cambodian and Thai policies that provide more official support for NDLs, 3) Vietnam’s “weakening” written policy support for NDLs, and 4) the functioning and strengthening of L1-based MLE programs in the region. The chapter concludes that addressing the language of instruction issue is possible when education policies support the use of NDLs, and when MLE programs provide strong literacy skills inlearners’ L1s – as the foundation for all further learning.
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